Nursery update

nurseryOur plants are dying!

As dramatic as it sounds, it is true…

Our plants are dying to go to new homes. At this time of the year we are in the greatest period of growth here at the nursery. And although the monthly stocktake is only days away I know that we have many suitable plants ready to be planted out now.

The little bit of rain we have received may help but any plants you put in the ground at present will require monitoring until well established.

Where do our plants go?

The majority of plants go to our Eco Services Unit for projects and grants activities whilst community groups associated with the Bulimba Creek catchment area are our next major recipients. Just a short while ago we were working with several Green Army teams on project work in the catchment area. Next are schools and general public to round up our list of clients.

Mangroves

Of interest to the true environmentalist is the recent mangrove planting that B4C was involved in conjunction with the Brisbane City Council. We put down a large number of seeds for a project that involved re-planting Avicennia marina and Aegiceras corniculatum, the grey mangrove and river mangrove respectively. Both these species were to replace plants necessarily lost whilst bridge rebuilding was done at Norman Creek (Morley Street, Coorparoo).

From reports from the Project Manager, Stefan, and my initial observations they appear to be doing reasonably well but we will be monitoring them for a while yet. Although we had grown these mangroves from seeds here in the nursery in the past it was deemed prudent to seek professional advice. We called on Jock Mackenzie of Mangrove Watch and gained some valuable insights into handling our ‘babies’ before and when they were planted.

You might be aware that Jock is the guest speaker at the 6th February B4C Open Day. Getting underway at 9am but please see our events page for details of this and other events associated with our environment. I would recommend that you attend to hear everything you wanted to know about mangroves. Well, all you can learn in a short talk anyway!

Native plant nurseryB4C nursery stocklist

Generally by the middle of the month the stocktake is completed. Whilst we aim to cover as many of the area’s species as we can, there will be a range of plants that we only carry in small numbers. If you are seeking anything in particular please contact us and we may be able to either grow to your requirements or source the plants. The monthly stocktake currently has about 20,000 plants listed.

One of the B4C volunteers, Sandy, is currently revising our seedbank and it will be migrated to a more organised catalogue. One of the things that has been decided so far is that we must be more professional in recording details about our seed collection. In short, if you offer seed for inclusion, please ensure that all details are recorded.

Although it is early days yet we intend to have a list of seed stocks available so that we know what is available without having to rummage through the seed fridge.

In the meantime you have to contend yourself with our monthly nursery stocktake. It contains a lot of good plant information. It is available as an Excel spreadsheet or a PDF.

The details for the Excel file are listed below.

  • Species – species that occur within our catchment area
  • Pronunciation guide – might help when you want to impress friends
  • Common name – confused by Latin names? Try this list.
  • Height – expected in good growing conditions
  • Current stock – as at last stocktake but can change quickly
  • Category – areas where you can expect to see the plant growing and surviving
  • Babies – seedlings or cuttings that may be available within 4 weeks
  • Butterfly – host or food plant for butterflies
  • BF – refers to bush food information

That’s all for now. In the meantime may your plants and knowledge keep growing!
Leigh Weakley – Nursery Manager

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